Green IT Module

Think beyond the buzzwords and take action!

Sustainable computing, Green IT, and Carbon Footprint are all buzzwords in times where human impact on the climate is resulting in the deterioration of our planet. If you want to contribute and make your organization greener, it means you have to take action.

The Metricus Green-IT Module allows you to define a baseline for your organization and start working towards reducing your carbon footprint.


In order to reduce your carbon footprint you have to first know what your existing carbon footprint is. There are many online calculators available for this, but do you really know what is happening within your IT organization? What resources are you utilizing right now and what are the areas for energy and resource reduction? Metricus Green IT KPIs will tell you how your IT organization is performing and what the areas of improvement are. Simply select the KPIs that are relevant to your organization and start working towards a greener IT environment.

Here are a number of metrics that are included in the Green-IT Module.

Metric name Description
% IT Assets Procured with a Silver/Gold APEAT Star EPEAT is a database with IT assets that comply with Energy Star 4.0. This means that the IT assets have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury and are easier to upgrade and recycle.
% Purchased Printer Paper - Recycled Recycled printing paper has a reduced impact on the environment. The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution. This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost 60 pounds of pollutants, which would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from virgin resources, out of the atmosphere .
IT Organization Carbon Footprint This is a measure of the impact that someone’s activities will have on the environment, measured in units of carbon dioxide produced. Reducing carbon footprints is beneficial to the environment, which is why there are calculators to measure and reduce the footprints.
% Energy Using Renewable Sources (Green Energy) % of green energy of the total energy indicates how much of energy utilization comes from renewable energy sources.
% Data Centers ISO 14001:2004 Certified The ISO 14001:2004 standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system (EMS), which provides a framework for an organization to control the environmental impacts of its activities, products, and services, and to continually improve its environmental performance.
Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

PUE is calculated by dividing the total power usage of a data center by the power usage of IT equipment (computer, storage, and network equipment as well as switches, monitors, and workstations to control the data center).

CIOs working that equation should ideally end up with a number somewhere around 1.6, though many now have a PUE of as much as 3.0, according to The Green Grid, a consortium of energy-conscious IT professionals.
% Servers Located in Data Centers Centralizing servers in a datacenter or using virtualization techniques maximizes the efficiency of infrastructure use.

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